(from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A group of about 60 protesters chanted and sang their way into the hallway outside City Council’s chambers around 1 p.m. Wednesday after 150 crammed into the courtyard around noon.
This protest was a continuation of the rallies held Sunday at the Hill District’s Freedom Corner and Mellon Park in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
This protest was spearheaded by Joy KMT, 30, of McKeesport; Bekezela Mguni, 28, of Wilkinsburg; and La’Tasha Hayes, 32, of Morningside, who all said their purpose was to deliver a list of demands to courthouse officials and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. Continue reading
HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Houston residents temporarily blocked a highway as they protested a Florida jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/13LNM3a ) reports that the protesters, including some pushing a casket, blocked a portion of Texas 288 for about 15 minutes Monday. Most traffic was stopped though protesters did allow an ambulance to pass.
Activist Quanell X called for the demonstration in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman’s acquittal has sparked rallies around the nation as demonstrators voiced their support for Martin’s family and decried the verdict.
(from LA Times)
The Los Angeles Police Department has called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
The California Highway Patrol said “police activity” around the 10 Freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard has jammed traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.
No arrests have been made, and no one was hurt. LAPD sources said a splinter group of a larger protest walked down an onramp to the 10 Freeway and stood mostly in the eastbound lanes. Continue reading